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Bruins Win Ninth-Straight; Erase Defending Champs in Four Sets
By: UCLA Athletics

Top-ranked UCLA notched its ninth win in a row with a four-set decision at No. 8 UC Irvine on Saturday night in an MPSF match. Scores of the contest were 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18.

The Bruins rallied from an 11-13 deficit in set one to tie the score at 13-all after a kill and an ace by Robart Page. UCLA extended the advantage to 20-16 after kills by Michael Fisher and Gonzalo Quiroga and went on to post a 25-19 win.

In set two, UCLA broke an early 5-5 tie and went up 10-8. Irvine came back to even things up at 15-all. Back-to-back aces from Quiroga made it 21-16 and UCLA closed out the Anteaters 25-19 following a service error.

UCLA enjoyed a 5-3 lead early in set three. The defending national champs stormed back to go up 12-14. UCLA tied it at 15-all on a kill by Quiroga. Irvine then rattled off the next three points to go up 15-18. The Bruins could not get closer and fell 20-25.

In set four, UCLA started strong and opened up a 7-2 lead. UCLA still led 14-6 after a Page kill. Another Page kill made it 21-14. A block by Spencer Rowe and Quiroga ended set four with UCLA owning a 25-18 edge.

Page finished the match with a team-best 16 kills and two aces. Quiroga added 15 kills, 12 digs and four aces. Rowe hit .600 and totaled six blocks. Michael Beals recorded 43 set assists, seven digs and two blocks. Ian Sequeira registered eight digs.

 UCLA will take a 9-1, 6-0 record into next week’s MPSF match at No. 3 Pepperdine on Wednesday, Feb. 5. That match is set to start at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins do not return to Pauley Pavilion until Feb. 12 in a match against Long Beach State. Tickets will be available at the door.

EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
Thursday, Feb 11
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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